Skip to main content

Kerala seeks review of Ghats order, LPG norms

Kerala has submitted a 12-point memorandum to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urging the Centre to exclude plantations, agricultural settlements, and human settlements with population density higher than 100 persons a square kilometre from areas to be categorised as ecologically sensitive.
In the memorandum submitted on Saturday, the State also sought six months to complete transit to the Direct Benefit Transfer for LPG Consumers (DBTL) scheme, early commissioning of the Palakkad coach factory, grant of exemption to the upcoming Vizhinjam Seaport from cabotage law and approval for the Thiruvananthapuam-Chengannur suburban railway project. The memorandum
also urged the Centre to take over the Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanical Garden and Research Institute at Palode, near here.
Special package sought
The State government sought special financial package of Rs.485.33 crore to enable the State to provide compensation to endosulfan victims as directed by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy submitted the memorandum to the Prime Minister after a special meeting of the Cabinet held in Dr. Singh’s presence. According to government sources, the Prime Minister assured the Chief Minister that the State’s demands would be looked into favourably.
Pointing out that the Kasturirangan report had caused a lot of apprehension in the minds of the people, especially those living in the areas shown as ESA, the memorandum contended that the identification of ESA areas based on remote sensing using satellite data was ‘totally erroneous and quite contrary to the ground realities.’
The Centre, it said, should conduct a physical verification before declaring any part of the Western Ghats as Ecologically Sensitive Area (ESA).
On the DBTL scheme, the memorandum pointed out that the State had achieved an average Aadhaar and bank seeding rate of 71.85 per cent and would require more time to bring the large migrant labour and NRI population into the net.

  • Wants six months to complete transit to DBTL
  • Rs.485-crore aid sought for endosulfan victims
  • Comments

    Popular posts from this blog

    Cloud seeding

    Demonstrating the function of the flare rack that carries silver iodide for cloud-seeding through an aircraft. 
    Water is essential for life on the earth. Precipitation from the skies is the only source for it. India and the rest of Asia are dependent on the monsoons for rains. While the South West Monsoon is the main source for India as a whole, Tamil Nadu and coastal areas of South Andhra Pradesh get the benefit of the North East Monsoon, which is just a less dependable beat on the reversal of the South West Monsoon winds.

    SC asks Centre to strike a balance on Rohingya issue (.hindu)

    Supreme Court orally indicates that the government should not deport Rohingya “now” as the Centre prevails over it to not record any such views in its formal order, citing “international ramifications”.

    The Supreme Court on Friday came close to ordering the government not to deport the Rohingya.

    It finally settled on merely observing that a balance should be struck between humanitarian concern for the community and the country's national security and economic interests.

    The court was hearing a bunch of petitions, one filed by persons within the Rohingya community, against a proposed move to deport over 40,000 Rohingya refugees. A three-judge Bench, led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, began by orally indicating that the government should not deport Rohingya “now”, but the government prevailed on the court to not pass any formal order, citing “international ramifications”. With this, the status quo continues even though the court gave the community liberty to approach it in …

    India’s criminal wastage: over 10 million works under MGNREGA incomplete or abandoned (hindu)

    In the last three and half years, the rate of work completion under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) has drastically declined, leading to wastage of public money and leaving villages more prone to drought. This could also be a reason for people moving out of the programme.

    At a time when more than one-third of India’s districts are reeling under a drought-like situation due to deficit rainfall, here comes another bad news. The works started under the MGNREGA—close to 80 per cent related to water conservation, irrigation and land development—are increasingly not being completed or in practice, abandoned.

    Going by the data (as on October 12) in the Ministry of Rural Development’s website, which tracks progress of MGNREGA through a comprehensive MIS, 10.4 million works have not been completed since April 2014. In the last three and half years, 39.7 million works were started under the programme. Going by the stipulation under the programme, close to 7…